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Prawn Cocktail – Old School

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Written by Gryphon

Prawn cocktail – Old School is also known as shrimp cocktail. The recipe was incredibly popular in homes and restaurants in the 1970’s. It is a seafood dish consisting of shelled, cooked, prawns in a cocktail sauce. It was normally served in a glass or oval dish. A classic 1970 starter that is making a comeback!! However, those of us old enough to remember Prawn Salad will recall the bland flavour, wet lettuce and gloopy thousand Island dressing sauce. It has now made a comeback and all of the nasty bits have been removed. The lettuce is lovely and crispy, the dressing now has a kick and the prawns are fresh Tiger prawns.

Prawn Cocktail - Old School - TheRecipe.Website

Prawn Cocktail - Old School

Time travel back to the 1970's for a recipe that has haunted people ever since.
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Course: Sauce, Starter
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Sauce, Seafood
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 104kcal



  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a squeeze of lemon and glug of vinegar. Add the whole prawns and cook until they rise to the surface. Drain and chill in ice-cold water.
  • Peel the cooled prawns, leaving one prawn whole per serving (for the garnish).
  • Cut the little Little Gem lettuce in half and wash thoroughly.
  • For the sauce, mix cayenne pepper, lime juice, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Tabasco and ketchup in a bowl.
  • To assemble the cocktails, drain the lettuce and pat dry with kitchen paper. Arrange two-thirds of the leaves in small bowls or wide glasses..
  • Shred the remaining leaves and add to a mixing bowl. Add the peeled prawns and spoonful of sauce. Top with the unpeeled prawn and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper


Sodium: 342mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 0.3g | Potassium: 44mg | Cholesterol: 4mg | Calories: 104kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 7g | Protein: 0.3g | Carbohydrates: 11g